September 9, 2017

Closed source applications and their alternatives

Though many people think, that these applications are a replacement for their existing ones, it's not recommended to see this as an replacement, more like an alternative. These applications may not be fully-featured as you expect, because many people want many features though their implementation is hard to understand, because ordinary users are used to their applications they learned. So, here are my top 10 applications and their alternatives.

10. Garageband: Audacity

Audacity is a very useful program if you need to cut some audio files and exports in any audio format. It's very useful if you're an audio producer and need to clean the audio or cut some unused things out the track.

9. Photoshop: GIMP

The GNU image manupulation program is a very good and older program, which you can use for professional image editing and this thing is completely free.

8. Windows: Linux

If you're just a regular computer user (and just reading your E-Mails, surfing in the internet and doing word processing) and don't want to mess with viruses and updates, then Linux would be a good alternative to you. Though you can game on it, there are still not many games on this platform. If your grandma is confused with her Windows 8 laptop, just install Linux on it. The installation is very simple and the user interface (depends of course) very simple and customizable. If you're a power user or programmer, Linux would be also a choice for you.

7. Corel Draw: Inkscape

It's a very good program for editing vector graphics (primarily SVGs) and designing print media. This program is very simple to use and you'll get great graphics out of it.

6. MAGIX Video Deluxe/Sony Vegas/Windows Movie Maker: Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free applications for editing your videos. No matter if you're a personal or professional user, it's a very good application with alot of features.

5. Twitter: Mastodon

The creator of Mastodon (Eugen Rochko) was fed up with Twitter and their constant privacy policy changes and tracking bullshit and created Mastodon. It's basically a Twitter without any central server and for people who don't want to share everything. For example you can join one instance and your friend can join another one, but you are still seeing the content of each other. Every instance can have their own ToS and privacy policies. If you don't like the policies of one instance, you can still join another one, which is the best for you.

4. Skype/Discord: Riot

Riot is a decentralized, encrypted and open-source messenger, where you can do your daily video calling with your grandma or playing some CS:GO with your russian friends. Like on Mastodon you can setup your own server and communicate over this one. All of this costs you no cent (except if you host your own server). The definition of "server" isn't like on Discord. Think more of Slack or IRC. You have different channels on servers, where you can participate.

3. Adobe Media Encoder: FFMPEG

Though this is just a video encoder for the command-line, there are many GUI tools available too. If you're not so familiar with FFMPEG in the command-line, you can use Handbrake for example.

2. Google Drive/Dropbox: Nextcloud

Cloud space is also a very big thing over the past few years. There are Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox for example, but all of them are using your data for advertisement or selling them to third-parties. If you want your data to be really safe, then the ownCloud fork Nextcloud would be your next cloud. All your data is safe and strongly encrypted on your own server, so no one can ever investigate or steal your data.

1. WhatsApp: Telegram

Though the server software isn't open-source, the client is. This messenger has alot of similarity to WhatsApp and all your chats are securely encrypted. Give it a shot, it's free and for almost any platform simultanously, not like on WhatsApp, where you can use one device at a time.

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